Bathtub or Shower which is better

Summary:Is It Better to Take a Bath or a Shower, Let’s Find Out! B...

Is It Better to Take a Bath or a Shower, Let’s Find Out!

Both showering and bathing can be a healthy part of your hygiene routine. But is there a better way to whisk for you?


The answer is yes! Well, something like that. The bath is perfect for a particular purpose. The shower is suitable for other purposes. The perfect way to cleanse your body depends on what you are looking for.


Let's take a look at the benefits of baths, the benefits of showers, and the times when it is clear that one is better for you than the other.

Advantages of a Bathtub

The main advantage of the bathtub is that you can relax and enjoy the benefits that bathing brings to your nervous system, muscles, and mental health. Taking a bath calms your body and mind. You can relax by adding essential oils and Epsom salt to the bath.


Bathing can also help heal dry skin and cure colds faster. Some people prefer the walk-in shower, so the tub doesn't add value to your home for resale, but it can make your home more attractive to the wider market. Many families with young children need a bathtub, and without it, you will lose most of the potential market. If you plan to resell it soon, but the tub in one of your bathrooms at home. 


Bathtubs are usually cheaper to purchase and install than large walk-in showers. Of course, both bathtubs and showers come in a variety of materials and models, but if you want to save on refurbishment budgets, bathtubs are the way to go.

Benefits of taking bath over showering

Showers may be good for washing the body, but that does not mean that the bath does not serve its purpose.


The bath is ideal for relaxing muscles, stimulating the nervous system, and gently exfoliating the skin. A cross-sectional study published in 2018 found that participants who were soaked in warm water daily had less fatigue, stress, and depression. This was a small, limited study with only 38 participants, but the results were convincing.


In addition, the bath is an excellent delivery system for many health-promoting ingredients. The types of baths that are suitable for you are:

Sitz bath promotes healing

Sitting in hot water that only reaches the hips and buttocks is called a sitz bath. Sitz bath is a wonderful home remedy that helps heal the perineum after childbirth. It can also be used to treat:




Oatmeal bath reduces inflammation

Oatmeal baths can be used to relieve the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis and reduce redness and inflammation of the skin.

Aromatherapy bath relaxes the mind and body

A bath with some drops of essential oils will be accustomed calm the mind and soothe tired muscles. Lavender and eucalyptus are especially relaxing.

A cold or flu bath can help you feel better

When you're fighting a cold or the flu, a warm bath with water on your chest can help. When you are sick, you can take a bath to relieve a stuffy nose, reduce fever, and relieve muscle aches.

Advantages of a Shower

One of the benefits of a shower over a bathtub is the amount of space each type occupies in the bathroom. This is often a small space. Even a large walk-in shower takes up less space than a traditional bathtub.


Showers use less water than a bathtub and it is more energy-efficient. This is another factor to consider. If you're trying to escape from the bath to save water or money, a new shower is a way to go. 


According to the author of Healthline, the shower is cleaner than the bath. Taking a shower and flushing the sewers will wash away dirt, hair, and dead skin cells from your body. The shower also distributes water evenly to all parts of the body, and water pressure helps dissolve dirt and oils on the skin.

Benefits of  taking a shower over bathing

Showers also have some advantages that should not be overlooked. Hot showers produce steam and heat that calms muscles and releases toxins, while cold showers help burn fat and boost immunity.

A shower can boost your immune system

Cold showers especially, can boost your immune system. A 2016 study, showed that hot-to-cold showers, starting with hot water before lowering the temperature, reduce the number of days of sick leave in adults throughout the year.

A shower can make your hair and skin shine

Showers can improve blood flow under the skin, also known as vasoconstriction. It can stimulate blood flow to the scalp, improve the appearance of hair and promote the radiant appearance of healthy skin.

Cold showers  help treat depression

A shower that started with lukewarm water and gradually cooled helped to stimulate the nervous system, boost endorphins, and improve the symptoms of depression.

Bathtub and Shower Pros and Cons

Bathtub Pros:

       Ideal for relieving muscle aches.

       Ideal for bathing small children.

       Available in multiple sizes to fit bathrooms of all sizes.

       The self-supporting unit is finished on all sides, so it can be placed almost anywhere.

       Various design options (styles, materials, tile boundaries, etc.) 

       Many special features are available, including air jet, whirlpool version, and more.

Bathtub Cons:

       Getting on and off can be difficult for the elderly and injured.

       It occupies a lot of space.

       Need a lot of water.

       You need a water heater with enough capacity to fill the tub with hot water.

       It may take some time to put water in the bathtub and take a bath.

Shower Pros:

       Use less water than in the bathtub.

       Fast and convenient.

       Easy access for people with mobility problems. You can also install railings, non-slip tiles, and benches.

       Small footprint (although  currently tends towards larger and more luxurious stands)

       There are several high-end features available, including rain showers, jets, and steam options.

Shower Cons:

Not practical for people with children.

Shower doors require a lot of cleaning and care to prevent visible scale and stains.

Leaks can be tedious to fix. They need to be properly fixed, properly glued, and left to dry for the proper amount of time. This eliminates the opportunity to take a long bath.

Frequent Asked Questions

Should I take a bath or shower?

Your hygiene priority should determine whether you take a bath or a shower.


If you are interested in promoting relaxation, relieving fatigue, and treating chronic pain, a bath is the best choice.


If you are more interested in efficient daily cleaning, a shower may be a better choice. You can also strengthen your immune system by taking a shower by turning on the water in a cold setting for the last few minutes of the routine.

Is it cleaner in a shower or a bath?

First, let's deal with the obvious. The shower is cleaner than the bath. If your priority is to thoroughly cleanse your whole body, showering is the way to go.


The shower evenly distributes water throughout your body and wipes out contaminated water out of sight. When you take a shower, the water mixes efficiently with your body's soap to remove oils, dirt, and sweat from your skin. The water you use to purify your body will quickly run down your drain.

Should I Have A Bath Or Shower In The Bathroom?

Most homes have multiple bathrooms with bathtubs or showers. Instead of deciding on all the bathrooms in the house, focus on only one room at a time. For small bathrooms, it is advisable to replace the tub with a shower or leave a tub for guests with small children. However, the master bathroom is where you spend the most time and the area where homebuyers pay the most attention when looking at their bathroom.

Bath vs Shower – Which is better to get ROI?

In most homes, showers are used much more often than baths, and as a result, baths tend to be completely abolished and replaced by spacious, self-contained shower rooms. This may suit your taste, but it's not a good idea when it comes to ROI. Before you tear your tub, think seriously about what type of buyer may be interested in buying your property in the future. If you have empty nest syndrome or the elderly, it may be okay, but if you are a family, you need a bathtub. My advice is that you always need at least one tub in your house.

Final Thoughts

If you plan to stay in the same apartment for a long time, think about your current and future life stages. If you're thinking of having a baby soon, you'll need to take a bath somewhere, so a bathtub is a must. On the other hand, if you are older and worried that your mobility will decrease with age, you may need a large walk-in shower with seating space. However, keep in mind that your needs can change significantly over time, so you may need to adjust your decisions later.


Finally, if you have space, consider installing a  shower and a bath separately so you don't have to choose between them. This will allow you to build a luxurious shower for everyday use while having a bathtub for relaxation and health benefits.


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